About The Home Society
Our Core Values
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
“You can never be overdressed or over-educated.” – Oscar Wilde
2022 – We are proud to be a sponsor of the David and Sharon Johnston Centre for Corporate Governance Innovation in the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Ongoing – We are continuing to work and develop our education and training for Personal Care workers as we feel it is vital to the future health of our industry and our beneficiaries.
2021 – Home Society launched Silver Services, a division dedicated to providing in-home services and online programming for older adults. Click the Silver Services link at the top of the page to find out more.
2021 – Home Society donated to a number of worthy organizations in Toronto and Hamilton including Dorothy Ley Hospice, St. Joseph's Villa Foundation and Margaret's Place Hospice, St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation and Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, CAMH, Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Scott Mission, the Rekai Centre, Sinai Health Foundation.
2020 – The pandemic brought on a number of hardships especially for hospitals. The Home Society recognized the need and donated $500,000 to assist St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation and Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation in purchasing equipment and delivering services to vulnerable older adults.
2020-2021 – When the pandemic shut down places of worship, the Home Society decided to donate their resources by renovating the out-dated and inaccessible Chapel located inside the retirement community of St. Elizabeth Village. After six months of renovation that involved building new accessible washrooms, accessible walkways, new non-slip flooring, new brighter lighting, new architectural features and accessible seating, new roof and eavestroughs with a cost of just under three-quarters of a million dollars, the Home Society was proud to donate the chapel back to the Village and renamed it the Sister Elisabeth Memorial Chapel (in honour of the founder.) In January 2021, the Home Society along with the owners of the Village, Zest Communities held a ribbon cutting ceremony to reopen the chapel to the public. SISTER ELISABETH MEMORIAL CHAPEL (ST. ELIZABETH VILLAGE) – YouTube
Home Society is building a brighter future for people who wish to age in place. One of our recent initiatives is Silver Services TV, an online resource where seniors and their family members can access a variety of helpful news, information, and entertainment programming from the comfort of their own home.
- Seniors-focused Podcasts
- Discussions about Aging in Place
- Entertainment Programming
- Interviews with Seniors and Caregivers
- Educational Resources
- Tips for Living Your Best Life
Home Society is gearing up to provide Eldergarten, a slate of adult day programs for older adults. Our programs will be designed to fortify engagement, bring positive energy and reinforce physical health for our beneficiaries.
“A life of faith in service to the elderly.”
St. Elizabeth Home Society was founded in 1959 by Sister Elisabeth Manhertz, SJC (1918-2010), with the purpose of emulating, as closely as possible, the work of Saint Elizabeth in aid of the elderly and infirm.
In the early 1960’s, with the assistance of many community supporters, a downtown nursing home was established and operated in Hamilton, Ontario. In the 1980’s, our mission continued with the establishment of the St. Elizabeth Village, a gated, 65+, lifeleasing community (the first of its kind in Canada) on Hamilton mountain.
After operating the Village for over 30 years, the St. Elizabeth Home Society sold the St. Elizabeth Village to Novacare Retirement Communities Association, a non-profit company in 2014. Novacare continues to establish affordable housing for an active senior community while improving its infrastructure, services and amenities.
In the 1990’s, another community for seniors was established, this time in Pilisvorosvar, Hungary, the hometown of Sister Elisabeth. The Szent Erzsebet Otthon (translated to the Saint Elizabeth Home) was a smaller version of the St. Elizabeth Village, maintaining the continuum of care established in Canada.
Our Manhertz-Principle is a trademarked proprietary multi-level diversified care system. It provides for the care of the elderly, according to their health condition, and is based upon Sister Elisabeth Manhertz’s principle of continuum of care with physical and mental support provisions. Today’s Home Society works in the spirit of our history, by offering services and support for seniors so they can live their best life in their own homes.